THE MORNING GLORY ACADEMY BOARD
Leslie Kent, Board President and Upper School Director
Leslie Kent holds a Graduate Certificate from SMU and a B.S. from KSU. She founded MGA in 2008 after asking God to guide her in creating an educational solution for her youngest son that would maintain his home-centered education but afford him group learning opportunities with other students and skilled teachers. The result was MGA, the first College-Style School®, offering a core academic program for students K-12. Leslie homeschooled her three children for 15 years. Her youngest son was part of MGA’s first graduating class of May, 2014, but Leslie continues to serve MGA as Upper School Director.
Shellie Jones, Board Treasurer and Grammar School Director
Shellie Jones holds a B.S. in Psychology, and has served in various roles at MGA since 2011: Grammar School teacher, Assistant Grammar School Director, MGA Director of Operations, and finally Grammar School Director. Prior to joining MGA, Shellie wore many hats, including Air Force Jet Engine Mechanic, missionary to Scotland, small business owner with her husband, and homeschooling mom. Shellie’s experience as a business owner continues to be an administrative asset to MGA.
Rand Boyd, Board Member
Rand Boyd has a BBA in Marketing and earned his CPA in 1989 as well. He as held a number of positions in his career, including owning several businesses and working 15 years for Microsoft. He is currently a Database Administrator. Rand has been associated with MGA for the past seven years, as every member of his family has been part of MGA in some capacity. His son, Cole, attended MGA from Logic 2 through his graduation in May, 2015. His wife, Joni, taught Biology at MGA for two years, established the Student Council, and was its sponsor for two years. Rand’s daughter, Caitlyn, served as a Student Aide for two years. His son, Cory, served a summer internship with Mrs. Kent while he was in college. His niece, Danielle Linn, served as Administrative Assistant to Mrs. Kent. Last but not least, Rand managed MGA bookkeeping for several years before our current Bookkeeper came on board. Every member of his family had some involvement with MGA. As a result, Rand has a fondness for MGA and is happy to support MGA by his service on the Board.
Kevin Freeman, Board Member
Kevin Freeman holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics, and is CEO of Freeman Global Holdings, an investment firm. Kevin Freeman is a NY Times bestselling author and considered one of the world’s leading experts on the issues of Economic Warfare and Financial Terrorism. His research has been presented in critical DoD studies and he has been asked to brief or present to the FBI, DIA, ONA, SEC, Naval War College, HASC, Naval Postgraduate School, DARPA, IARPA, and a host of government agencies tasked with protecting America. He has briefed multiples members of both the House and Senate as well as several of the Presidential candidates.
Kevin is Founder of the NSIC Institute (housed at Oklahoma Wesleyan University); a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy; a Contributing Editor to The Counter Terrorist magazine; Trustee at Oklahoma Wesleyan University; and a member of the Advisory Board of Liberty Institute. His bestselling books include Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism took Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Could Happen Again and Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself From the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack. Kevin’s daughters have been at MGA for four years and he is glad for the opportunity to serve MGA as a Board member.
Arnold Torres, Board Member
Arnold Torres is the Chief Financial Officer for Daystar Television Network, and has been employed by Daystar since 2001. As CFO, Arnold oversees the legal and financial aspects of a Daystar’s domestic and international ministry, which broadcasts into 680 million home worldwide, to more than 200 countries, and reaches out to more than 1 million callers per year to the prayer ministry phone line. His responsibilities also include oversight of Accounting, Human Resources and Prayer departments. Additionally, Arnold’s work experience includes 15 years of experience as a commercial lender, as well as owning a financial staffing and consulting firm.
Holding a double degree in Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University, Arnold’s experience is a valuable asset to MGA’s Board. He and his wife Angela have five children, three of whom have attended MGA, including two currently enrolled; the Torres family has had a student enrolled at MGA since 2008. Arnold is pleased to serve on MGA’s Board and offer his experience in managing finances and budgets for a ministry.
Lanny Tucker, Fundraising Consultant
Lanny holds the Master of Divinity and M.S. in Missions degrees from Abilene Christian University. He holds the B.S. degree in Biology from Harding University. Lanny is a certified Leadership Coach and serves as a consultant with Gifts & Legacies Fundraising Consulting. Lanny is thrilled to be able to use his gifting to help MGA raise funds for our future endeavors.